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Our 25th Anniversary #FootstepsForPeace Continue Around the World

77th Anniversary of Original UN Delegates in Muir Woods, Marin County, California On May 19, 1945, the original delegates of the United Nations gathered beneath the towering redwood trees of Muir Woods following the atrocities of World War II.  American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt never wanted the world to experience another horrific war and selected…

Footsteps for Peace

The Asia Scotland Institute reflect and share a summary of the incredible few days spent with Heidi Kuhn last week. With so many events in those few days, we struggled to share all the amazing moments on social media. Below is a collection of some of these special moments that have been captured to solidify…

The Divergence Between East and West

Andrew Milligan, Asia Scotland Institute Board Member, Independent Economist & Investment Consultant, discusses ‘The Divergence Between East and West’ in a new podcast episode. Since the start of the year, anyone who has looked at financial markets in the United States of America or Europe must have noticed how government bond yields have jumped much…

Kazakhstan Crisis

After Kazakhstan Crisis, China Will Reassess Its Influence in Central Asia

Igor Denisov: The Diplomat: 18th of January 2022 The Kazakhstan Crisis has reinforced the regional power dichotomy in Central Asia. Russia exercises security influence through its leadership in the Collective Security Treaty Organisation. China’s influence is more economically focused through its Belt and Road Initiative. Whilst CSTO troops have left, Russia’s prestige in the region…

Zero-Covid

Zero-Covid policies threaten Hong Kong’s place in the world

Tabby Kinder, Leo Lewis, Tom Mitchell, Primrose Riordan, Chan Ho-Him: The Financial Times: 14th of January 2022 Zero-Covid policies are calling in to question Hong Kong’s reputation as an international hub of business and finance. Global Financial centers depend on the free movement of people and ideas. That is impossible under the current restrictions and…

Vietnam Trade

The Limits of Vietnam’s Labor Reforms

Vietnam’s Labor Reforms are not as extensive as some publications made it out to be. Vietnam has a single Trade Union as it is a one-party state. Recently, state-backed English language news outlets have pointed to the newly allowed unaffiliated Workers Organisations as an example of Independent Trade Unions. Click here to find out why…

Ukraines route to Peace

Ukrainian neutrality: a ‘golden bridge’ out of the current geopolitical trap

Anatol Lieven: Responisble Statecraft: 3rd of January 2022 Ukrainian Neutrality may be one of the only ways left out of the current Geopolitical crisis in Eastern Ukraine. Whilst Ukraine has been tredning towards the west in recent years, it is still has many necessary reforms to conduct before it can be considered for EU membership.…

Japanese Buisness

Japan needs to navigate a pathway between the United States and China

East Asia Forum: 3rd of January 2022 Japan and its companies are increasingly finding themselves in the middle of US-China tensions. The CEO of a leading international Japanese firm, Uniqlo, has stated that he wants his business and japan to be neutral between the US and China. This position was reified when Uniqulo refused to…